Give us a call today: 416-663-4777 for a free upfront estimate!
It is a nightmare for most homeowners – a wet or flooded basement. Water is no friend to your home, and it can damage your possessions as well as your foundation. If you have experienced issues with cracks, leaking floors, or leaking walls in your basement, you probably need an experienced basement-waterproofing contractor to help you with a solution.
As you start to ask around, you will find that there are a number of different options for waterproofing your basement. When do you need to waterproof your basement, what system is best? And how can you be sure that you are making the right choice.
How is the water getting in the basement?
This is the most important question to ask if you notice water in your basement. The investigation should start outside of your home. Make sure that all drainage systems, including downspouts and gutters, are working effectively. The water needs to be diverted from your home.
You also want the grade of soil around your foundation to encourage any water that falls to divert away from your home. You do not want the grade of soil to encourage water flowing towards it. If you have basement windows, you want to make sure that they have a watertight seal and that they are above ground level.
The importance of maintenance
If you want to stop any water problems that may originate from the grading around the foundation, downspouts, or gutters, it all begins with maintenance. Make sure that you do not let your mulch beds build up too high, make sure that your downspouts are away from the house, and that your gutters are kept clean.
What basement waterproofing system is best?
One size does not fit all – that is something that most basement-waterproofing contractors tend to agree on. Every situation is unique when it comes to basement waterproofing. If the system is not designed specifically for the situation you have, it is a good idea to avoid that system. The majority of problems with basement flooding are a number of events – it may include deteriorated sewer lines, clogged footer drains, improper backfilling when built, movement in the foundation walls, or deterioration/cracking of the basement walls.
If you want to know what basement waterproofing solution you would benefit from, we highly recommend going with the professionals at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services. They understand how to look at your individual situation and treat it with respect and efficiency each time.